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LEWIS SMITH (American, 1907-1998)

Two framed and six unframed drawings of athletic women (many double-sided), along with original diaries and copies of lists; Drawings: All approx. 11" x 8 1/2" (sheet); Lewis Smith lived with his mother in Alliance, Ohio until her death. It was only then, as a man in his 60s, that he began to make art, drawing, writing and painting on paper bags and cardboard cartons, as well as the walls of his house. His work reflects his preoccupation with muscular women (especially boxers and wrestlers), trains, time, and money. Lewis Smith was an obsessive, inveterate collector. He not only filled the rooms and buildings on his farm with objects, he filled ledgers with detailed, factual information such as lists of train rides and street signs. A true eccentric and voracious reader, Smith subscribed to over 100 U.S. newspapers. Known for his amazing memory for detail, family members consulted him as an historian. He rode his bicycle to libraries, auctions, and sales for miles around until his death at age 91. He described his intent thus: "I want the whole world in my head, and still to wear my own hat."

Sale Price: $1,500

Estimate: $700 - $900

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